A flight from Manchester to Islamabad was delayed for eight hours after a confused passenger opened an emergency exit door thinking it was the toilet door.
The Pakistan International Airways (PIA) PK702 flight to Islamabad was preparing for takeoff when a woman tried to opened door L5, the door at the back of the plane on the left hand side thereby launching the emergency evacuation slide.
Then chaos ensued when passengers on the flight were then forced to leave the plane after the emergency chute was automatically deployed.
The flight carrying nearly 400 passengers was due to depart at 9:20pm on Friday but eventually left Manchester at 5am on Saturday. It arrived in Islamabad seven hours late having made up some time during the journey. Several other departures from Manchester were also delayed as a result of the disruption.
For some there was still further travel disruption. Some 38 passengers were not able to fly because the plane’s capacity was reduced once emergency measures were deployed. When an emergency chute is no longer on the aircraft, the reduced capacity is a legal requirement in case of an emergency evacuation.